JOHANNESBURG – South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira says he is retiring from international rugby following last weekend’s Rugby World Cup victory.
He made the announcement on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Mtawarira leaves as the Springboks’ most capped prop with 117 test appearances, and as the Boks’ third-most capped player behind Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.
Born in Zimbabwe, Mtawarira moved to South Africa as a teenager with dreams of becoming a professional player.
He played for the Springboks for more than a decade and won two Southern Hemisphere titles, a series against the British and Irish Lions, and the Rugby World Cup in his last test.
Affectionately known as “Beast,” he put in a mean scrumming display against England in Saturday’s World Cup final to help the Springboks to a third title.
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